1992–93 Football League: Wikis

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Statistics of The Football League in season 1992/1993.

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Overview

This season saw the birth of the FA Premier League. This meant a break-up of the 104-year-old Football League that had operated until then with four divisions.

In 1992 all of the First Division Clubs resigned from the football league and, on May 27, 1992, the FA Premier League was formed as a limited company, which worked out of an office at the then Football Association's headquarters, Lancaster Gate.

The three divisions which remained in the Football League were renamed. The old Division Two was now called Division One. The old Division Three was now called Division Two, and the old Division Four was now Division Three.

League standings

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Barclays League Division One

Newcastle United's first full season under the management of Kevin Keegan ended in Division One championship glory and promotion to the Premiership, where they remained for 16 seasons until relegation at the end of the 2008-09 season. Following the Geordies into football's big-money league were West Ham United and Swindon Town. West Ham had suffered relegation just one season earlier, and had been many people's favourites for an automatic return to the elite. Swindon, meanwhile, had finally reached the top flight after 73 years of trying - they had actually won promotion via the playoffs three years earlier, but promotion had been denied a few weeks later due to financial irregularities.

Going down were Cambridge United (who had just missed out on promotion a year earlier and are now in the Conference), Brentford and Bristol Rovers. Brentford, newly promoted a season earlier, had stood in 10th place at the turn of 1993, but a sharp decline in form during the final few months of the season saw them relegated on the final day of the season.

Third-placed Portsmouth had opened up a 10-point gap over fourth-placed Tranmere Rovers, but lost to Leicester City in the playoff semi-finals and this ended any promotion hopes for a club who had begun the season as favourites for promotion, and ended it with 88 points.

Pos. Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1. Newcastle (C) (P) 46 29 9 8 92 38 96
2. West Ham (P) 46 26 10 10 81 41 88
3. Portsmouth 46 26 10 10 80 46 88
4. Tranmere 46 23 10 13 72 56 79
5. Swindon (P) 46 21 13 12 74 59 76
6. Leicester 46 22 10 14 71 64 76
7. Millwall 46 18 16 12 65 53 70
8. Derby 46 19 9 18 68 57 66
9. Grimsby 46 19 7 20 58 57 64
10. Peterborough 46 16 14 16 55 63 62
11. Wolves 46 16 13 17 57 56 61
12. Charlton 46 16 13 17 49 46 61
13. Barnsley 46 17 9 20 56 60 60
14. Oxford 46 14 14 18 53 56 56
15. Bristol City 46 14 14 18 49 67 56
16. Watford 46 14 13 19 57 71 55
17. Notts C 46 12 16 18 55 70 52
18. Southend 46 13 13 20 54 64 52
19. Birmingham 46 13 12 21 50 72 51
20. Luton 46 10 21 15 48 62 51
21. Sunderland 46 13 11 22 50 64 50
22. Brentford (R) 46 13 10 23 52 71 49
23. Cambridge (R) 46 11 16 19 48 69 49
24. Bristol Rovers (R) 46 10 11 25 55 87 41

Barclays League Division Two

Lou Macari guided Stoke City to their first successful season in years as they were crowned Division Two champions. Bruce Rioch brought some long-awaited success to Bolton Wanderers as they occupied the division's second promotion place. Osvaldo Ardiles guided West Bromwich Albion to promotion via the playoffs, bringing some long-awaited success to another club who had once enjoyed better times.

Preston North End, Wigan Athletic, Mansfield Town and Chester City occupied Division Two's four relegation places. Mansfield were newly promoted, while the other three teams had been established at this level for no less than six years.

Pos. Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1. Stoke (C) (P) 46 27 12 7 73 34 93
2. Bolton (P) 46 27 9 10 80 41 90
3. Port Vale 46 26 11 9 79 44 89
4. West Brom (P) 46 25 10 11 88 54 85
5. Swansea 46 20 13 13 65 47 73
6. Stockport 46 19 15 12 81 57 72
7. Leyton Orient 46 21 9 16 69 53 72
8. Reading 46 18 15 13 66 51 69
9. Brighton 46 20 9 17 63 59 69
10. Bradford City 46 18 14 14 69 67 68
11. Rotherham 46 17 14 15 60 60 65
12. Fulham 46 16 17 13 57 55 65
13. Burnley 46 15 16 15 57 59 61
14. Plymouth 46 16 12 18 59 64 60
15. Huddersfield 46 17 9 20 54 61 60
16. Hartlepool 46 14 12 20 42 60 54
17. Bournemouth 46 12 17 17 45 52 53
18. Blackpool 46 12 15 19 63 75 51
19. Exeter 46 11 17 18 54 69 50
20. Hull 46 13 11 22 46 69 50
21. Preston (R) 46 13 8 25 65 94 47
22. Mansfield (R) 46 11 11 24 52 80 44
23. Wigan (R) 46 10 11 25 43 72 41
24. Chester (R) 46 8 5 33 49 102 29

Barclays League Division Three

Cardiff City and Wrexham continued their good progress by occupying Division Three's top two places. They were joined in third place by Barnet, who had spent most of the season on the brink of expulsion from the league due to financial problems. The final promotion place went to York City, who won the playoffs just weeks after Alan Little was appointed manager.

Halifax Town, after 72 years of league membership, finished bottom of the league and were replaced by Conference champions Wycombe Wanderers.

Pos. Team Pld W D L GF GA Pts
1. Cardiff 42 25 8 9 77 47 83
2. Wrexham 42 23 11 8 75 52 80
3. Barnet 42 23 10 9 66 48 79
4. York City 42 21 12 9 72 45 75
5. Walsall 42 22 7 13 76 61 73
6. Crewe 42 21 7 14 75 56 70
7. Bury 42 18 9 15 63 55 63
8. Lincoln 42 18 9 15 57 53 63
9. Shrewsbury 42 17 11 14 57 52 62
10. Colchester 42 18 5 19 67 76 59
11. Rochdale 42 16 10 16 70 70 58
12. Chesterfield 42 15 11 16 59 63 56
13. Scarborough 42 15 9 18 66 71 54
14. Scunthorpe 42 14 12 16 57 54 54
15. Darlington 42 12 14 16 48 53 50
16. Doncaster 42 11 14 17 42 57 47
17. Hereford 42 10 15 17 47 60 45
18. Carlisle 42 11 11 20 51 65 44
19. Torquay 42 12 7 23 45 67 43
20. Northampton 42 11 8 23 48 74 41
21. Gillingham 42 9 13 20 48 64 40
22. Halifax 42 9 9 24 45 68 36

See also

References


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